Friday, November 26, 1993

McNeeley boxes his way to 23-0

By Jay N. Miller
For The Patriot Ledger

SARASOTA — Heavyweight Peter McNeeley of Whitman's South Shore Boxing Club began his Thanksgiving Day celebration a bit early. McNeeley ran his record to 23-0 with an eight-round unanimous decision over Butch Kelly in Sarasota, FL. McNeeley had Kelly, a Baltimore native with an 11-8 record, on the canvas in the second and fourth rounds, and was rocked himself in the fifth frame.

"This was a good, tough fight with loads of punches landed every round - a real war," said manager Vinnie Vecchione of Braintree by phone from Florida. "They stood toe-to-toe, banging away at each other the whole fight. At the end of the bout, the whole crowd of over a thousand people gave both guys a standing ovation."

"It was a great fight," McNeeley agreed. "Butch Kelly is a tough S.O.B.! Like myself, he's a stubborn Irishman. He came to fight and really gave it his all."

This was McNeeley's first bout outside the Boston area, and he was warmly received by the Sarasota fight fans. Vecchione reports his 25-year-old boxer is in much demand around the nation and more road trips are in the works.

See also:   Still Perfect - McNeeley Improves To 23-0   [The Daily Transcript]

This story ran on page 23 of The Boston Patriot Ledger on 11/26/93